JOHN Q
John Q. Archibald is a man pushed to the limit when his young son becomes gravely ill and the system refuses to treat him. With time running out, John puts himself on the line to ensure that his son's life is saved...
Review by David Bruce

JOHN Q
(2002)


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This page was last updated on May 29, 2005

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Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Written by James Kearns

Denzel Washington .... John Q. Archibald
Robert Duvall .... Grimes
Kimberly Elise .... Denise Archibald
Eddie Griffin .... Lester
Shawn Hatosy .... Mitch
Anne Heche .... Rebecca Payne
Ray Liotta .... Monroe
James Woods .... Dr. Turner
Keram Malicki-Sánchez .... Freddy
Heather Wahlquist .... Julie
Daniel E. Smith .... Mike Archibald
Troy Winbush .... Steve
Ethan Suplee .... Security Guard
Ted Demme .... Himself

Produced by
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... executive producer
Dale De La Torre .... co-executive producer
Mark Burg .... producer
Oren Koules .... producer
Mathew Hart .... co-producer
Hillary Sherman .... associate producer

Original music by Aaron Zigman
Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers
Film Editing by Dede Allen

MPAA: Rated PG-13
for violence, language and intense thematic elements.

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Give a father no options and you leave him no choice.
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Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars as John Q. Archibald, a man pushed to the limit when his young son becomes gravely ill and the system refuses to treat him. With time running out, John puts himself on the line to ensure that his son's life is saved when he takes the emergency room hostage. John Q. is a drama about the extraordinary chance one father takes to protect his son, becoming both an unlikely hero and a criminal in the eyes of the law.
THE STORY

Click to enlargeJohn Q. Archibald (Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington) is an ordinary man who works at a factory and takes care of his family. His wife Denise (Kimberly Elise) and young son Michael (Daniel E. Smith) are his world. But when Michael falls seriously ill and needs an emergency heart transplant operation that John Q. can't afford and his health insurance won't cover, he vows to do whatever it will take to keep his son alive. With time and options running out, a desperate gamble becomes his only hope -- he takes the emergency room hostage.

As John Q. barricades himself inside the hospital along with his unwitting group of emergency room hostages, many of them in need of medical care themselves, he faces off with a veteran police hostage negotiator (Robert Duvall) and a quick-tempered police chief (Ray Liotta) who wants to bring a swift end to the stand-off.

Denzel Washington stars in John Q., an action drama about the extraordinary chance one father takes to protect his son, becoming both an unlikely hero and a criminal in the eyes of the law. Directed by Nick Cassavetes from a screenplay by James Kearns, John Q. stars Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Kimberly Elise, Eddie Griffin, Shawn Hatosy, Anne Heche, Ray Liotta, James Woods and Daniel E. Smith.

John Q. is produced by Mark Burg and Oren Koules. Michael DeLuca, Richard Saperstein and Avram Butch Kaplan serve as executive producers. The distinguished behind-the-scenes team is led by cinematographer Rogier Stoffers, editor Dede Allen and production designer Beatrix Aruna Pasztor. Aaron Zigman composed the score.

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TOP NOTCH WRITING!
Subject: John_Q
Date: Sat, 06 Apr 2002
From: claire

"people get sick on saturdays too."
it's so true..
claire
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